2022 Summer Read Underway!

June 1 – July 31, 2022

It’s time for the Summer Read! Simply read for at least 20 minutes a day for 30 days between June 1 and July 31. All ages may participate. Pick up a reading record at any Information Desk to get started. Track your reading to earn rewards and raffle tickets for grand prizes along the way. Visit the library to get a stamp for every 6 days of reading and to collect your rewards. Rewards and grand prizes are:

YOUTH  (Ages 17 and under)

Day 6: Ocean sticker + 2 grand prize tickets

Day 12: Cleveland Monsters hockey ticket, Cleveland Charge Basketball ticket + 4 grand prize tickets

Day 18: Enamel pin + 6 grand prize tickets

Day 24: Narwhal squeeze toy + 8 grand prize tickets

Day 30: Book + 10 grand prize tickets

Use raffle tickets to enter to win grand prizes. Prizes include: Pokémon trainer boxes, Hydro Flask and sea turtle tracking bracelet, Bath toys set, ocean books with finger puppets, Target gift card and puzzle, Off the Wagon gift card and Lego set, Narwhal and Jelly graphic novels set, movie night prize pack, beach day prize pack, manga prize pack, artist prize pack, and the chance to be a Librarian for a Day.

ADULTS (Ages 18+) 

Day 6: Summer Read Post It Notes + 2 grand prize tickets

Day 12: A Care for Critter Vote + 4 grand prize tickets

Day 18: Seashell Shaped soap + 6 grand prize tickets

Day 24: Choice of a beach read + 8 grand prize tickets

Day 30: Fahlo track a sea creature wrist band + 10 tickets

Use raffle tickets to enter to win grand prizes. Prizes include your choice of: A Burning River Kayaking Package, a Float the River Package, a One year membership for 2 adults to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, a Morning at the Beach Package, or a $100 Donation to an ocean-related charity.

Be sure to celebrate your reading success by joining us for the Summer Read Finale on Friday, July 29 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This afterhours event will include live music, Pav’s Creamery ice cream food truck, lawn games, balloon artist, live music by the University of Akron Steel Drum Band, and more.

The Summer Read is generously supported by Kent Free Library Foundation and Friends of Kent Free Library. 

Prizes are available while supplies last.

Thursday, June 2: COVID Test Kits in Stock

Thank you for your patience as we help ODH distribute tests in our community.
When does the library receive tests?

Tests are provided through Ohio Department of Health.  We order tests as our supplies run out, but do not get any delivery information; we never know when the next order will arrive until the tests actually show up.

How do I know when the library has tests available?

Go to www.kentfreelibrary.org and look for the first article under Library News below the slider image. The article heading will note if tests are in stock or out of stock. Due to the high volume of Covid-test related phone calls, we appreciate that you do not call.

If the library doesn’t have tests, who does?

Other libraries in the area, including Reed Memorial in Ravenna and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library also receive rapid tests, as do the Portage County Health District  and the Kent Health Department. These locations don’t always have tests in stock; when they receive a shipment, they are all distributed within hours. It is best to check their website or Facebook page for updates regarding availability.

While testing supply chains are challenged, over-the-counter rapid testing kits can still be purchased at many locations, such as pharmacies and grocery stores. Testing is also available at many urgent care locations, community health centers, retail locations, and pop-up sites. The ODH website features a
searchable map of testing locations.

When tests are available, how do I pick them up?

Tests may only be picked up at the drive-thru window. Tests may not be reserved.  Please wear a mask when picking up tests. Do not come into the library. 

How many tests can I get?

The ODH has instructed locations to limit to no more than two tests at a time; each OTC kit includes 2 tests, so you will receive one box.

How do I take the test? 

The tests currently available are un-proctored/over-the-counter (OTC) tests.  OTC tests:

  1. Do not require a telehealth session; they are conducted at home and are for personal use.
  2. Do not produce a documented result that can be used for travel, to return or stay in school, or be released from quarantine in Ohio.
  3. May include TWO tests per test kit.

Who can help me if I have questions?

Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist with these tests.  The test kit contains directions. For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.

The expiration date on my test has passed–is it still good?

The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days. Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.

If no rapid tests are available, what can I do if I need to be tested?

Some health centers, urgent cares, and pharmacies offer the PCR test, which gives a result in 24 hours. Find locations and more information on the ODH website. 

How do I get a vaccine or a booster?

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more.

Saturday, July 9: Mystery on Bluebeard’s Pirate Ship

Children entering grades 2-6 can solve a swashbuckling pirate mystery set aboard the pirate ship of Captain Bootstrap Bluebeard in the year 1623. Prove your worthiness to claim the ship and the legendary treasures hidden within.  Registration is required an d

July 2 – 4: Library Closed for Fourth of July Holiday

In observance of the July 4th Holiday, the library will be closed Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4.  The library will resume regular hours on Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no fines will be assessed on overdue materials.  For your convenience, materials can be returned using the drive through or in the return slots to the left of the parking lot entrance.

On behalf of the staff of the library, happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 30: Bermuda Triangle Escape Room

Welcome, travelers! Join us for a nautical-themed escape room adventure. Can you solve the clues to make it safely through the Bermuda Triangle?  For adults 18+. Six people per session. Space remains for sessions at 3:00-4:15, 4:30-5:45, and 6:00-7:15 on Thursday. Please register for only one session.

Tuesday, June 27: Shark Week!

Join the Youth Services Department as we celebrate sharks the week of June 27! Stop by our Shark Voting Booth and vote for your favorite shark. At the end of the week, we’ll tally the votes and see who our patron’s favorite shark is! One random voter will be chosen to win a prize, too!

June 1 – June 24: Recycled Submarine Building Contest

Do you like to build things? Do you create your own designs? If yes, this contest is for you! The Youth Services Department is holding a Recycled Submarine Building Contest! Each contestant may design and build one submarine to be displayed at the library and voted on by the public. The contestants whose submarine receives the most votes will receive a Target gift card! All materials used must be recycled/repurposed. Children ages 4 through 12 are welcome to enter.

Entries may be submitted between June 1 and June 24. Voting will take place June 26 to July 8. Entries must be picked up by July 14. Winners will be notified on July 11, 2022.